XenServer

Normal channel updates

Updates progress from the Early Access update channel to Normal on a regular cadence. The following features, preview features, improvements, and bug fixes are available in the Normal update channel. This article doesn’t list all changes in the Normal channel, just a subset. For the full set of changes available, see the information in the XenCenter Updates view.

Feb 15, 2024

These updates include the following new feature:

  • Add a new check (check_multipath) to the NRPE service to enable monitoring of the multipath status.

These updates fix the following issues:

  • When there are separate independent Target Portal Groups within the IQN, XenServer cannot log into all iSCSI portals.
  • When creating an SMB ISO SR share, it is no longer necessary to supply credentials when connecting to an SMB server that permits guest access.
  • Part of the toolstack may unexpectedly stop running.
  • You are unable to import a suspended Windows 11 VM that has been exported as an XVA with power state preservation.
  • When a VM with vTPM is started or quickly migrated back and forth between pools, a race condition can occur.
  • pool-eject operations run in parallel can cause TLS verification errors.
  • Fixes for several low-probability issues with GFS2 SRs.

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Update the Qlogic fastlinq driver to 8.74.0.2.
  • Improvements to distributed tracing.

Feb 01, 2024

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Support for UEFI boot and Secure Boot for Linux guest operating systems. For more information, see Guest UEFI boot and Secure Boot.
  • Provide more detailed information about a XenServer host’s SHA256 and SHA1 TLS certificates in the host console view in XenCenter.

Jan 23, 2024

These updates include security fixes. For more information, see the security bulletin https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX587605.

Jan 18, 2024

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Update XenServer VM Tools for Linux to version 8.4.0-1, available to download from the XenServer downloads page. From this version, you can use the install.sh script to uninstall XenServer VM Tools for Linux. For more information, see Uninstall XenServer VM Tools for Linux.
  • Ensure that the XenServer welcome message is always displayed when connecting to a XenServer host console and that the message is correctly line wrapped.

Jan 8, 2024

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Update the Microsemi smartpqi driver to 2.1.26_030.
  • Update the AMD microcode to the 2023-12-05 drop.
  • Improvements to distributed tracing.

These updates fix the following issues:

  • Sometimes, after migrating a VM from one pool to another, the VM’s alerts are not successfully copied to the destination pool or removed from the source pool.
  • Sometimes the pool database is not restored from the redo-log (part of the high availability feature).

Dec 14, 2023

These updates fix the following issues:

  • When using multipathing with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Firmware v7.x, you might see iSCSI protocol errors.

Nov 30, 2023

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Add driver for Dell PERC12 (driver version: mpi3mr 8.1.4.0.0).
  • General API improvements.
  • The “preview” label has been removed from vTPM support. This means that vTPM is ready to be fully supported when XenServer 8 moves from preview to fully supported in production.

These updates fix the following issues:

  • Sometimes the redo-log (part of the high availability feature) does not replay all database writes.
  • When running the vdi-copy command to copy a VDI to an SR, XenServer fails to correctly report the progress of the operation.
  • In XenCenter, customizing a template and then exporting and reimporting it can result in the template failing to import.

Nov 22, 2023

These updates include the following improvement:

  • The “preview” label has been removed from the Ubuntu 22.04 template. This guest operating system is ready to be fully supported when XenServer 8 moves from preview to fully supported in production.

Nov 15, 2023

These updates include the following improvements:

  • General SDK improvements and improved API login times.
  • Update Open vSwitch to v2.17.7.

Nov 14, 2023

These updates include security fixes. For more information, see the security bulletin https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX583037/.

Nov 6, 2023

These updates include the following improvement:

  • UEFI boot mode Windows VMs now show the Windows logo during boot instead of the Tianocore logo.

These updates fix the following issues:

  • Deploying Windows using PXE boot and Configuration Manager can cause Windows to hang.
  • If time synchronization is disabled, Windows VMs do not return the correct time.

Oct 23, 2023

These updates include general fixes and improvements.

Oct 16, 2023

These updates include support for the following guest operating systems:

  • Debian Bookworm 12
  • Rocky Linux 9
  • CentOS Stream 9

Note:

Customers who wish to use these guest operating systems must also install XenServer VM Tools for Linux v8.3.1-1 or later, available to download from the XenServer product downloads page.

These updates include the following improvement:

  • Update the Mellanox mlnx_en driver to 5.9-0.5.5.0.

Oct 10, 2023

These updates include security fixes. For more information, see the security bulletin https://support.citrix.com/article/CTX575089/.

Oct 5, 2023

These updates include support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 operating system. Refer to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 release notes for further technical information.

Note:

Customers who wish to use this guest OS must also install Citrix VM Tools for Linux v8.3.1-1 or later, available to download from the XenServer product downloads page.

Sep 21, 2023

These updates include general fixes and improvements.

Sep 14, 2023

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Enable interrupt balancing for Fibre Channel (FC) PCI devices. This improves performance on fast FC HBA SRs, especially if multipathing is used.
  • Fix for AMD errata #1474. Disable C6 after 1000 days of uptime on AMD Zen2 systems to avoid a crash at ~1044 days.

Sep 4, 2023

These updates include the following improvements:

  • Update the Intel ice driver to v1.11.17.1.
  • Performance improvements for GFS2.

These updates fix the following issues:

  • Performance metrics are not available for GFS2 SRs and disks on these SRs.
  • You cannot snapshot or checkpoint a suspended VM if that VM has a vTPM attached.
  • If a XenServer host crashes, or shuts down abruptly, starting more Windows 11 VMs or migrating more Windows 11 VMs onto that host eventually fails.
  • If, when iSCSI SRs are attached, not all the possible paths are available (for example, an offline controller remote port is down), the SR does not have additional iSCSI sessions added when those remote ports are accessible again.
Normal channel updates